CAA Weekend Preview

With two weekends left, the playoff picture hasn’t become any clearer in the Colonial. No. 27 George Mason clinched the top seed in the conference with a sweep of Northeastern last weekend. The Patriots, along with third place James Madison, are off this weekend. Here’s a glance at the other teams in action.

Delaware (23-15, 8-7) at Northeastern (23-20, 8-10)
A three game sweep at the hands of conference power house Mason last weekend damaged the Huskies’ playoff hopes. A sweep of the Blue Hens, who canceled last weekend’s series with Old Dominion after one of their players contracted the swine flu, could help propel NU back into the playoff hunt. NU has made a slight change in their rotation, sitting No. 3 man Les Williams, while moving Trevor Smith (3-2, 3.18) to the top and bumping Ryan Quigley (2-5, 5.67) and Jeff Thomson (5-4, 5.86) back a day. Delaware has not announced its starters.

Towson (25-22, 9-9) at Georgia State (30-18, 11-7)

Georgia State joins George Mason as one of two CAA teams to reach 30 wins. The second place Panthers have a good playoff outlook, while the Tigers are currently on the outside looking in. Neither team has announced probable starters.

Old Dominion (18-22, 10-8) at VCU (19-20, 7-11).

The Monarchs had their series with Delaware canceled last weekend due to a Blue Hens player contracting the swine flu. VCU has lost five games in a row and has tumbled to tenth in the CAA. Neither squad has announced their rotation.

The remaining CAA teams will step out of conference play to take on several non-conference opponents.

UNC Wilmington (25-17, 8-7) at Clemson (32-16, 16-11)

The Seahawks travel to face the No. 20 ranked Tigers, who boast a solid pitching staff which has posted a 3.59 team ERA thus far this season.
Probable Pitchers: (UNCW listed first)
Seth Frankoff (2-4, 5.02) vs. Trey Delk (2-1, 2.40)
Cameron Roth (0-1, 6.00) vs. Casey Harman (5-3, 3.83)
TBD vs. Chris Dwyer (4-4, 4.98).

Longwood (25-17) at William & Mary (22-22, 9-11)
The Tribe hosts the independent Lancers for a doubleheader on Sunday. Neither team has announced starters.

Hofstra (7-30, 3-18) at Norfolk State (18-20, 9-9).
The Pride and the Spartans will play a doubleheader Saturday and wrap up their three game series with a single game Sunday. Neither teams have announced starters.